Make Believe

Make Believe

by Weezer

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It's never easy to predict exactly which of his multiple personalities Rivers Cuomo will put on display when he returns from one of his side trips away from Planet Weezer -- the most recent of which took him to another stint at Harvard. Judging by the overall tone of Make Believe, the granddaddy of emo is still in close touch with his inner geek, the socially inept outsider desperate for love and totally unsure where to look for it. That anxiety lurks at the core of sadly soaring hook fests like "Hold Me" and the obsessive "We Are All on Drugs" -- on which his yelp conveys all the tortured post-adolescent yearning of Pinkerton's best moments. The disc, which clocks in at an epic (for Weezer) 45 minutes, has its share of unabashed rock moments, most notably the purposefully cheesy, inexorably driving "Beverly Hills," but the sonic palette is considerably broader than the band's earlier offerings. As often as not, the songs take surprising shapes -- from the neo–Todd Rundgren dream-pop tone of "The Damage in Your Heart" to the airy, harmony-centered "Freak Me Out," on which Cuomo croons atop a synthetic beat like the bastard child of Paul McCartney and one of the guys in Naked Eyes. The band saves the biggest departure for last, closing the disc with the deliberately paced ballad "Haunt You Every Day," which takes seven full minutes to wind its way through a forest of piano and strings, leaving an appropriately misty wake. Make Believe isn't rife with the sort of instantly contagious sing-alongs that normally mark Weezer discs, and the angst is tempered somewhat by a new sense of melodic maturity. But beneath the placid surface, there's still plenty of passion -- and that's something few bands can convey with the honesty of Weezer.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498812884
catalogNumber: 000452012
Rank: 13971

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Weezer   Primary Artist
Akiko Tarumoto   Violin
Jason Freese   Saxophone
Stephanie Eitel   Vocals,Background Vocals
Doug Forsdick   Guitar
Akiko Turamoto   Violin

Technical Credits

Weezer   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer,Audio Production
Jim Scott   Engineer
Rivers Cuomo   Composer
Francesca Restrepo   Art Direction
Chad Bamford   Producer,Engineer
Jordan Schur   Executive Producer
Mike Fasano   Drum Technician
Bobby Schneck   Guitar Techician
Jeff Kwatinetz   Management
Carson Ellis   Illustrations
Doug Forsdick   Guitar Techician
Kelly Perkins   Management
Chris Bamford   Producer,Engineer

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Make Believe 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You know I am always a little unsure when a new Weezer album comes out because they are my favorite band and I hold them in such high regard. However, there is no reason to be unsure anymore because their new album "Make Believe" is a hit!! I am enjoying all of the tracks on the album compared to some artists that they only have a few good hits on each album. All of the songs on Make Believe are Awesome!! From "This is such a Pity" to "Hold me" I HIGHLY recommend this album to anyone!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you left wondering "what happened?" after hearing Weezer's last two albums, 'Make Believe' is return to the Weezer you all know and love. Catchy riffs, heart-felt lyrics and sassy hand claps will put 'Make Believe' at the top of your summer play list. I recently had the chance to check out the band in Chicago and the new stuff, as well as the old, sounds absolutely amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm very happy with their new album. it simply has not left my cd player. recommended to all weezer fans even those who didnt like maladroit. go and get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm an avid weezer fan so I was ready for whatever the band threw at me. I count this album as my third favorite album (blue and pinkerton are in a tie for first). "make believe" has several new and different sounds to it, but I could still hear the weezerness in each song. "hold me" could have come straight out of pinkerton and "we are all on drugs" had a maladroit meets the blue album feel. This is an album well worth owning, so please buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i LOVE this new album. it keeps their classic sounds and mixes them with various classic old school sounds and beats. it's original and familiar at the same time and demonstrates that they can delineate from the main stream that is overtaking pop culture. they give a whole new sound and meaning to the term "garage band"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do like the album because I love the band and feel obligated, I suppose. The album just seems so heartbreaking to me. Rivers seems really down in this cd and some of the songs sad to say seem like they were put together with very little effort into the words for example "Pardon me" I still enjoy the band and the cd isn't terrible, it's just not the Blue album. It is just different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time Weezer comes out with a new album they combine their old styles with some new and unique ones never heard before. To say the least, this album takes the best of all of it's predecessors and puts them all in an awesome, one of a kind package. Weezer has come a long way since Blue Album and it is safe to say that they did not, in the least, go wrong with Make Believe. Buy it now! My favorites are "Perfect Situation", "Hold Me", "We Are All on Drugs", especially "The Damage Your Heart" because it reminds me of "Pink Triangle" from Pinkerton, "Pardon Me", and "The Other Way."
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great album!! The songs are so innovative and yet keep the same great rockin weezer sound!! I haven't stopped listening to it since it was released!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not just a casual Weezer fan. My love for the band goes deeper than my feelings for any other band probably do. I grew more anxious to hear Make Believe as its release date neared. I was one of the crazy fans that bought the album the day it came out. I listened to the album for the first time through normal speakers, not through headphones as I normally do. I was very pleased. Though the songs were obviously Weezer-ish, they were not just a rehash of old Weezer songs--they were different enough to intrigue you, but they won‘t make you say, “This is the band that made these other records??” The songs obviously belong in the =w= catalogue. Many of the songs now incorporate keyboard parts, either as the basis of one of the songs, or to embellish them. The new key parts are a welcome addition to the Weezer sound, enabling it to sound more full and layered. However, it should be noted, that the keys do not detract from the main elements of Weezer, and they have not been thrown in “just because.” The keyboard parts are an integral part of the songs they are in. Although there are a few weak moments on the album (the song “My Best Friend“ has yet to grow on me) overall, the album is very well put together and quite enjoyable. Songs such as “Perfect Situation”, “We All on Drugs”, “This is Such a Pity”, and “Pardon Me”, should be in any Weezer collection. “Freak Me Out” (apparently, about an encounter with a spider) and “Beverly Hills” showcase Weezer’s ability to write songs about almost any subject. The album is one that moves along nicely, and gels together wonderfully. I would recommend Make Believe to anyone, regardless of their previous attachment to Weezer. If you are a big Weezer fan and have yet to pick up the album, you should; there are moments when it is as good as Blue or Pinkerton. If you are just getting into the band (shame on you!), it is a great starter course, and very easy to get into, and you, too, will soon be on your path to Weezer obsession.
Guest More than 1 year ago
w words to describe weezers new cd, weezerific, weeztastic, wow. My complimimints to the band for making such outstanding cd. sitting on the bus yesterday listening to weezer was just great. i love their beat their music lyrics. no matter what anyone else tell you about it its you who has to decide weyther you like it or not. so before you brag that this cd sucks then y dont you listen to it first. also those fans who say that thias cd suck are you listening to what imn listening? but anyways this cd is weezers comback. it blends everything that i love about weezer with such songs as "beverly hills", "perfect situation "freak me out. with my personal favorite "my best friend" i recomend this cd to all. =w=
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love The Single "Beverly Hills". Its a new Style to their music, while still staying true to that Weezer way of doing things. It'll be a great addition to any Long Term Fan's Collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where is the humor and the guitars?? Bring back the magic that is the blue album. Another let down. The blue is the most important CD in my collection, and has been since it first arrived back in the 90's. This is simply another let down that hardly rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you already like Weezer, you'll love this album. If you're new to Weezer, this album is a good introduction. Although it is not like the previous albums, it definitely has some great tunes which are soon to be favorites. I can't wait for the radio stations to start playing some of the other songs on the album. If you've only heard "Beverly Hills" thus far, wait till you hear the rest! It's great. There are some upbeat songs like "Beverly Hills", but there are some slower, sadder songs too, that are a great listen. You can definitely sense River Cuomo's spirit in the music. This album is better than the last two, for sure! Try it! You'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My fav album so far. I have been a huge Weezer fan since the Blue Album and I expected a lot from them when i was told they were coming out with a new album. Even though my standards were set extremely high, Weezer BLEW ME AWAY!!Even if you weren't the bigggest Weezer fan in the past, I definetly recommend that you check this album out. Everyone will be srprised that even after all this time, this great band has not lost their touch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon my first listen, the record felt kind of foreign, but I've enjoyed this album a lot more after listening to it a few more times. It's great, fun, and easy album to sing along to. Rivers voice throughout the album is convincing, and Pat, Brian and Scott really play it up. There is a mix of instruments on the album including violin, sax, acoustic guitar and keyboards that add interest to each song. There is a mix of styles on this album that draw from all of weezer's past releases. Songs like 'Damage In Your Heart' and 'The Other Way' are instant classics, but then again most of the songs on this CD are great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer is back with a rockin' new album and prepare for their world domination! Let this album take you on a journey through the last decade of Weezer! Make Believe encapsulates the essence of all the best recordings they've ever done over the years. From start to finish, from Beverly Hills to Haunt You Every Day, this album is packed with tunes you'll want to listen to endlessly. So what are you waiting for? Buy it now! And catch them live during their tour to truly experience the brilliance of Weezer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're in the hunt for weezer's comeback record, or just a really good cd to listen to, this is it! Make Believe is a flash back to the past, with a modern twist that always leaves you wanting more. All together the album has a very soothing, "only in dreams"-ish feeling, with some songs leaving you mesmerized, and others, screaming for more. Each song has it's own personality and feeling, which makes the album so great to listen to. I love being able to groove along to the beat of "Beverly Hills", and sit back and relax with the dynamic piano riffs of "Hold Me". This is definitely some of weezer's best work to date. It's got those pounding rhythms and catchy lyrics that remind me of the blue album and pinkerton, with some nice maladroit-style guitar solos mixed in. Whether you are a long time weezer fan, or an up-and-comer looking for a great cd, this album is it. You won't be disappointed, and will never be bored with this cd. It a definite must-buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first the album wasn't a hit with me. Maybe it was built up expectations or maybe it's just one of those things. Pinkerton was the same way with me and is now my favorite Weezer album. After listening to this over and over again, it has clicked and gets better every time. Who knows, mabye after a few more listens it will be competing with Pinkerton. Anyways, awesome album and a definite recommendation to buy. My standouts are "Hold Me", "My Best Friend," and "Haunt you Every Day"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Make Believe is an excellent album. I was a little nervous that it would be similar to the last record, but Weezer definately did a great job, and I feel they've redeemed themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer fans have been waiting THREE years for this album, and it was DEFINITLY worth the wait! Make Believe opens with the fun and catchy-ness of Beverly Hills. The album then goes up and down from up-beat tunes like This is Such a Pity to the slower something-you'd-like-to-listen-to-on-a-date Hold Me. If you liked ANY of the previous albums, there are songs on Make Believe that will bring you back to all those good old times...and then there are the songs that will surprise you and give you new good times! From the time I bought this album, I haven't been able to stop listening to it! Anyone with doubts on buying this album, please don't hesitate, it's a WONDERFUL album that deserves a try... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new Weezer album, "Make Believe" shows some real growth. The poppy beats and rythmic words that we have all loved in Weezer's previous four albums are still there, but at times this album is calmer and edgier, showing that the band is growing and changing well. This is great news for someone like me who has grown up with the band; it is a great reflection of changes in my life as well as changes in the bands life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i heard beverley hills for the first time i was worried. it was not the weezer sound that i was used to. after much deliberating about it i realised that it was ok but did i really want to buy an album where the first single i only thought of as ok??? in the end my love of past weezer albums convinced me that it waould be a worthwhile buy..and was i right??? the album rocks!!!!!! it starts off with beverley hills which again worried me at first listen but the second song, and third, and forth and so on put my mind at ease. this album is a progression from the previos weezer albums. if you don't like beverley hills don't worry, it sounds nothing like it (and its the first track so its easy to skip). weel worth it and i highly recommend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album rocks ! Rivers Cuomo hasn't sounded like this since Pinkerton and the songs are done with sincerity and the gusto Weezer didn't have on their last two albums. This isn't a Blue and Pinkerton baby it has it's individual vibe and sound. Some songs are rocking with the moog..theres some keyboard action and best of all the harmonica is back! Don't listen to the album expecting Blue or Pinkerton treat it as Make Believe and you can experience an amazing album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weezer has been one of my favorite bands since they came out with the blue album and I have to say "Make Believe" doesn't dissapoint. Every time I listen to this album I love it more and more. It has definitly become one of my favorite cds. Some of my favorite tracks are "Peace," "Perfect Situation" and "Other Way."